Kelle J. Brown, Plymouth’s Minister of Worship and Spiritual Life, is originally from Columbus, Georgia. She brings a wealth of experience to the position, from spiritual leadership and business acumen to diversity education and community building.
Graduating with a BA in Psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Kelle earned her Master of Divinity from Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry and is completing her Doctorate of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Kelle first arrived in Seattle in 2003. After completing her Master’s, she then moved to Richmond, VA. “I was eligible for call in 2010. As female clergy, we often need to make geographical decisions,” she said. “While I would have preferred to stay in Seattle, I moved to Richmond so I could be ordained (Presbyterian). I was also called to work with homeless women.”
In addition to serving in executive capacities for homeless teen parents and helping organizations dismantle racism and sexism, Kelle provided pastoral leadership for Richmond area churches.
She returned to Seattle as Pastor for Mary’s Place, where she facilitated weekly empowerment and spirituality groups and worked as community liaison to other faith organizations. Focusing on teaching tangible strategies to dismantle systemic antiracist and anti-oppressive structures, Kelle also launched her Reconciling Acts Consulting service. She offers ways to consider and reflect on privilege, bias, prejudice and bigotry and provides individual spiritual and leadership coaching.
“The interesting thing about my move to Plymouth is that my first experience with God was in a UCC church when at age 19, I was invited to sing. That’s when I first realized there was more. In many ways, this is a homecoming for me…being an agent of change. It’s truly amazing.”
“I want to make mention of the wonderful hospitality of this church. I am glad to part of this church community in a very authentic way.”